What are the causes of our happiness?
Some say they’re many, varied, manifold,
Some cite freedom, some pursuit of pleasure,
But these with sacrifice must be compared
For in living as if living’s to forgive
(Thus to the Christian message paying heed)
One sacrifices vengeance, and gives up
A portion of oneself, a valued treasure,
Not for the sake of doing some good deed,
But in order that another might live.
And strengthened thus, as pillars we uphold
The value of our citizenship
And find the path to social membership
All human beings seem to need.